5 Methods for Fighting Half-Hearted Prayer

The Puritans were prone to give five methods for fighting our natural tendency to lapse into half-hearted prayer:

1. Give priority to prayer. Prayer is the first and most important thing you are called to do. “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed,” John Bunyan writes. “Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan.”

2. Give yourself—not just your time—to prayer. Remember that prayer is not an appendix to your life and your work, it is your life—your real, spiritual life—and your work. Prayer is the thermometer of your soul.

Continue: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/5-methods-fighting-half-hearted-prayer/

We must distinguish!

Chris Watson Lee wants to help us talk about our disagreements over ‘secondary issues.’ The nature of the disagreement should affect the way in which we deal with it.

Christians have disagreed with one another since the earliest days of the church (Philippians 1:27); this side of eternity, there are always going to be disagreements and differences. But how should we engage with theological differences? In the words of a Reformed scholastic like Francis Turretin, “we must distinguish” between different kinds of disagreement. The nature of the disagreement will (or at least should) affect the way in which we deal with it. This is not a new insight: you might be familiar with the old maxim, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” It reminds us that before rushing in to debate our disagreements, we must check ourselves – aiming for a humble attitude, dependence on the Lord, and love for others (Ephesians 4:1-16)

Distinguishing Disagreements

Continue at: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/we-must-distinguish/

Resurrection faked?

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If you say the resurrection was fabricated, then you must prove:

  1. The disciples had a motive. Usually people make elaborate lies for fame or money — or to cover wrong-doing. But the disciples got persecution and poverty. They lived on the run.
  2. The disciples were incredibly clever to devise the story. The Bible record states the contrary: They (the Jewish leaders) perceived Peter and John were unlearned and ignorant men — Acts. 4:13. Outside of the Bible, Josephus mentions Paul and his academic background. The omission of mention of the disciples is telling. They were fishermen.

There is more: https://mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/resurrection-faked/

33 Of The Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes For You To Live By

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Great Verses Of The Bible: Philippians 2:9-11

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Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” But the Bard of Avon was wrong! There’s something in a name.

The name Benedict Arnold stands for treason. But Patrick Henry stands for courage.

A name can be a burden or blessing? Remember Johnny Cash’s song “A boy named Sue”?

Names often speak to one’s identity, character, or some aspect of his life. Alexander the Great. William the Conqueror. Simeon the Zealot. John the Baptist.

The wise man wrote, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver and gold. (Prov 22:1). The name of Jesus is great because of who He is, how He lived, and what He did.

Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission to save the human race from the devil’s devices and the guilt of sin. As a result, the name of Jesus is honored, revered and worshiped. One of the great texts of the Bible expresses it this way.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phi. 2:9-11)

Ahh, the name of Jesus! A name that stirred up controversy among the unbelieving Jews and the pagan Gentiles.

The rest is at: http://thepreachersword.com/2016/03/30/great-verses-of-the-bible-philippians-29-11/

Indestructible Life

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When Jesus went to the cross to pay the price for our sins, it was the greatest event in all of history, but it was surpassed only a couple of days later when He burst forth from the grave; in shedding His blood on the cross, He paid the price; in bursting forth from the grave, He paved our way!

Because of this, we have the hope that just as He arose from death, so shall we.

It’s really just like the picture.  Can you see the sun bursting forth from the horizon?  Yes, Jesus did just that.  In the Bible, the seas, raging, tossing, churning… represent the world in which we live as it tosses, turns and rolls in its futility.

From this raging and crazy world, we shall burst forth toward the heavenly realm because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, and by bursting forth from the tomb by the power of His indestructible life.

Comment: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/indestructible-life/

How to Delight in God’s Word

~ John Piper

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)

Never reduce Christianity to a matter of demands and resolutions and willpower. It is a matter of what we love, what we delight in, what tastes good to us.

When Jesus came into the world, humanity was split according to what they loved. “The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light” (John 3:19). The righteous and the wicked are separated by what they delight in — the revelation of God or the way of the world.

But someone may ask: How can I come to delight in the Word of God? My answer would be twofold:

1) pray for new tastebuds on the tongue of your heart;
2) meditate on the staggering promises of God to his people.

The same psalmist who said, “How sweet are your words to my taste” (119:103), said earlier, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (119:18). He prayed, because to have holy tastebuds on the tongue of the heart is a gift of God. No man naturally hungers for and delights in God’s wisdom.

But when you have prayed, indeed while you pray, meditate on the benefits God promises to his people and on the joy of having Almighty God as your helper now and eternal hope.

Who would not delight to read a book, the reading of which would change one from chaff to a cedar of Lebanon, from a Texas dust bowl to a Hawaiian orchard? Nobody deep down wants to be chaff — rootless, weightless, useless. All of us want to draw strength from some deep river of reality and become fruitful, useful people.

That river of reality is the Word of God and all the great saints have been made great by it.